Morrison Leads Besiktas To Victory

01.02.2012

EUROCHALLENGE

33. Adam Morrison (Besiktas Milangaz)
Adam Morrison erupted for 26 points as Besiktas Milangaz won on the road

Adam Morrison poured in 26 points to keep Besiktas Milangaz hot on the heels of EuroChallenge Group K leaders Baloncesto Fuenlabrada with a 76-69 victory over BK Pardubice.

Besiktas successfully held off a rally from the hosts in the fourth quarter to secure an important road victory.

A lay-up from Ersin Dagli had Besiktas looking comfortable with a 66-55 lead 6:42 from time, but Marcus Arnold's put-back started a fightback from Pardubice that saw them close the gap to four, 66-62, when Maurice Hampton made two of three free throws 4:06 from the finish.

But Great Britain international Pops Mensah-Bonsu made a lay-up and David Hawkins hit a jump-shot to give Besiktas breathing space again.

A three-pointer from Jiri Cernosek had the gap back to five with 72 seconds left, and so it was again with 18 ticks left when Arnold made a lay-up.

But time was running out for the hosts, and Hawkins hit a pair of free throws in the final stages before Morrison's late lay-up sealed it.

Dagli had 14 points for Besiktas while Mensah-Bonsu's 12 points matched his 12 rebounds. Hawkins finished with 10 points.

Arnold poured in 27 points in a losing cause for Pardubice.

The win sees Besiktas improve to 3-1 in the group.

Thanks to the won tie-breaker over Pardubice, Besiktas, together with Fuenlabrada are also already qualified to the Quarter-Finals.


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